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NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 82A1: tabled on 15 December 1998

Tabled in the 1998-99 session.

This motion has been signed by 10 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Kerry Pollard on 07 December 1998. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'House' to end and add 'recognises that nuclear deterrence played a vital role in holding Soviet totalitarianism in check until the end of the Cold War; realises that mass destruction weapons cannot be disinvented; notes that, despite the signing of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, it took 20 years before the huge scale of Soviet secret biological weapons production was revealed; and anticipates that a nuclear-free world, even if achieved, would lay peaceful countries open to chemical or biological blackmail by future dictators and would again make the world safe for conventional conflicts between former nuclear powers.'.

Original motion text

That this House recognises the moral urgency of nuclear disarmament; welcomes initiatives towards disarmament from all quarters including the calls from many generals and admirals around the world for the elimination of nuclear weapons; values the work of the Canberra Commission and the opinion of the judges of the International Court of Justice (8th July 1996) on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons that 'there exists an obligation for all States to pursue in good faith, and bring to conclusion, negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control'; supports the importance of the international rule of law and the work of the United Nations; and urges the United Kingdom Government to support the establishment by the Conference on Disarmament of an appropriate body to deal with nuclear disarmament and to support a proposal for an international conference on disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, which would effectively complement efforts being made in other settings and could facilitate the consolidation of a new agenda for a nuclear weapon-free world.